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Rwanda: Service in the Heart of Africa
Kigali, Rwanda; Musanze, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
|Restrictions:||Concordia College applicants only|
|Duration:||38 Days||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Program Leader:||Bill Snyder||Program Type:||Summer Field Studies|
|Course:||Global Studies 360|
If you are adventurous, flexible, and curious, and if you are looking for a May experience that promises to be eventful, challenging, and rewarding, Rwanda: Service in the Heart of Africa is definitely for you. While in Rwanda, a beautiful and interesting country with a fascinating culture and history, you'll meet warm and friendly people and you will live BREW through five life-changing weeks of service and learning.
After an orientation program in and around Kigali which will include visits to markets, NGO's, genocide memorials, and Akagera Game Park, you will spend four weeks at SOS Children's Village primary school where you will teach sports, arts, music, basic computer skills, and Bible (if you wish to), and you will interact with and get to know the primary school teachers through conversational English practice.
You will be busy. When time is available, we'll make morning visits to craft coops, the Kigali public library, and to Kigali center. On weekends, we'll travel to Butare in the south to visit the National Museum, a genocide memorial and an ice cream coop; to Musanze in the north to visit Wisdom Primary School, a school for deaf children, and Ubushubozi, a seamstress coop; and to Kibuye for a scenic and relaxing weekend on Lake Kivu in the west.
No special training or experience is needed; during Spring semester however, and during orientation in Rwanda, we'll prepare for, and practice our teaching. You will be provided with an introduction to the culture and history of Rwanda through novels and films, and you'll be provided information about what to bring and what to expect.
Though Rwanda is a poor country and though the aftermath of the 1994 genocide permeates Rwandan society, it is organized, peaceful and safe. And it is beautiful—with its people, its verdant hills, its towering volcanoes, its deep, blue lakes, and its classic, African wildlife.
All food, transport, lodging, even water is included in the cost; you'll need out-of-pocket funds only for the occasional snack and for buying gifts to bring home to family and friends.
Tentative departure from Minneapolis is on May 5, 2014; tentative return on June 10 after thirty-eight exciting, memorable, life changing days of teaching, learning, and growing in the heart of Africa, Rwanda.
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